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* Buddhists protest against Sri Lanka Prime Minister for insulting monks
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 11:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 05, Embilipitiya: Hundreds of people gathered in Sri Lanka's Embilipitiya town today and held a march to protest the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne for allegedly insulting a Buddhist monk leader.

The protestors led by the Buddhist monks said the Prime Minister had insulted the Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero, the leader of the Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

The protestors hoisted black flags in Embilipitiya town where the temple Sobhitha Thero residing is located.

Sobhitha Thero urged the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister of Buddhist Affairs, to resign from the post due to his connections with the drug traffickers who were apprehended for smuggling over 150 kilos of heroin, hidden in a container, in to the country.

The Prime Minister's office has issued a letter demanding reduction of levies for the container.

Meanwhile, local media reports said the Police Narcotic Bureau questioned Prime Minister's son Anuradha Jayaratne in length over his connection with the smugglers.

The Prime Minister has said that Sobhitha Thero was against him since he rejected the nomination of a close female associate of the JHU leader to contest the Gampola Pradeshiya Sabha.

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